Michael D. Nasatir



Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1965
University of California, Los Angeles, A.B., 1962

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Nasatir is admitted to practice law in California; before the United States Supreme Court; various United States District Courts; and Courts of Appeal for the First Circuit, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Ninth Circuit.



Michael D. Nasatir

Partner Emeritus

Michael D. Nasatir is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He practices both state and federal criminal defense.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nasatir was a founding partner in the law firm of Nasatir, Hirsch Podberesky & Khero. Prior to that, Mr. Nasatir served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California and was a Staff Attorney for the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation.

Mr. Nasatir has been recognized for his outstanding work as a criminal defense attorney, receiving from the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association the Jerry Geisler Award for Criminal Defense Trial Attorney of the Year and the Mort Herbert Service Award. He has received the BestLawyers in America distinction for white collar and non-white collar criminal defense work, and has been named in Super Lawyers of Southern California from 2004 to present.

Additionally, Mr. Nasatir has lectured at legal seminars at various law schools, including University of Southern California School of Law, University of California Los Angeles School of Law, and Loyola School of Law. He has also acted as a Legal Commentator for several television and radio stations, such as CNBC, CNN, and KCAL News.

Mr. Nasatir is a member of the State Bar of California, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and National College of Criminal Defense. He is also a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and the Fulfillment Fund.

  • Successfully defended Cheyanne Brando against attempts by the Los Angeles District Attorney to extradite her to the United States.
  • Secured dismissals of criminal charges in several cases for retaliatory prosecution and prosecutorial misconduct by the federal government.
  • Won acquittals for law enforcement charged with criminal conduct.
  • Won acquittal in federal tax evasion case arising out of “Operation Diesel Storm.”
  • Dismissal of obscenity charges in federal district court brought against motion picture producer and film crew.
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